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A Phoenix Fiction Writer Rising From The Ashes of Nonfiction


Organizational Structure

The Tabs at the top
link to pages covering
particular aspects of my writing.
Designed to act somewhat like a blog for posting interesting things

Information about the Zoniedude website

Annotated links to other resources about writing

Where I post stories I have written

Nonfiction commentary on various subjects. Many are things I've posted online at various times in the past.

Poems I have written, including recent poems and poems from an unpublished book of my poems I had bound in 1973.

A place where I post interesting comments by other people, particularly famous writers

A place to post things I've written about issues in the past. Lead Poisoning is the primary example.

Comments Are Welcome 
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About Zoniedude

After 30 years writing nonfiction I retired and decided to try writing fiction.

I began by taking several courses in creative writing from Phoenix College. I had already taken an online course in creative writing in 1993 and had written several short stories at that time.

In 1970, while still in the Marines, I sent a humor essay to San Francisco Chronicle syndicated humorist Art Hoppe. He responded saying that he received a lot of attempts to write in his job but mine was truly well done. In fact he actually used edited versions of my stuff under his name. He encouraged me to take up writing, and I sent him some subsequent essays before enrolling in college.

During one summer in college I wrote a weekly humor column called “The Amiable Rogue” that was published in the local free distribution shopper.

I had also written a book of poems that I had bound when I graduated from college in 1973. Some of those poems are included in the poetry section.

The only published work I was paid for was a nonfiction article for Phoenix magazine about the Voyager spacecraft.



Slow realizations after the fact

The Bad Year
A personal history

Adventures during the Vietnam War



My Mission

You cannot let a fear of failure or a fear of comparison or a fear of judgement stop you from doing the things that will make you great. You cannot succeed without the risk of failure. You can not have a voice without the risk of criticism. You cannot love without the risk of loss. You must take these risks.
Actor Charlie Day
May, 2014


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